Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups 2021: Fantasy Football Players You Need to Add

Max Staley
Kadarius Toney is one of the top Week 6 waiver wire pickups in 2021.
Kadarius Toney is one of the top Week 6 waiver wire pickups in 2021. / Richard Rodriguez/GettyImages

It's never to late to turn your fantasy season around. Making savvy additions on the waiver wire is one of the best ways to do just that.

Here are the top waiver wire pickups heading into Week 6 (pending Monday night's game).

Week 5 Waiver Wire

Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are eligible for this list.

5. Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (46% Rostered)

The battle for the TE1 role in New England is over, and Hunter Henry has won. The Patriots' tight end has now scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks and has caught at least 4 passes in three straight. He's going to be a mid-to-low-end TE1 the rest of the way, so go get him if you need help at the position.

4. Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets (54% Rostered)

Including Michael Carter on this list is a bit of a cheat, as he's rostered in 54% of leagues. But he's on bye next week, so there's a good chance his emergence will fall through the cracks. Carter has now seen double-digit carries in back-to-back games while playing at least 50% of the snaps in each as well. The rookie is clearly emerging as the New York Jets' lead back. That role may not sound particularly valuable, but Carter is talented enough to make that role work. He should be a decent FLEX moving forward.

3. Devontae Booker, RB, New York Giants (7% Rostered)

Saquon Barkley's ankle injury looked a lot worse than it was. It sounds like the running back will only miss a few weeks with a sprained ankle. But as long as Barkley is on the shelf, Devontae Booker will have some RB2 appeal. He saw some workhorse-level volume while standing in for Barkley this week, handling 20 opportunities (carries plus targets) for 58 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns. If you're in a pinch, Booker could help pick you up some wins over the next few weeks.

2. Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (16% Rostered)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down with a knee injury in Week 5 and was quickly ruled out. That's never a good sign. While we still don't know how long CEH will be sidelined, it feels like he could be headed for a multi-week absence. That should make Darrel Williams a hot commodity. Williams is nothing to write home about as a talent, but playing in the Kansas City Chiefs' offense makes up for that and then some.

1. Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants (17% Rostered)

The New York Giants raised some eyebrows when they traded back to select Kadarius Toney in the 2021 NFL Draft. The pick looked even stranger a few weeks into the season, as NYG only let him play 24 snaps through the first two weeks. He finally got a bit more run in Week 3 before injuries really cleared the way for him in Weeks 4 and 5. He has looked like a future superstar over those last two games. Toney has turned 18 touches into 135.5 yards from scrimmage per game. Even once this Giants' receiving corps gets healthy, you have to think Toney will remain a big part of their plans. The explosive rookie has serious upside the rest of the way.

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